Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2018

Nutrition and Medical Sciences BSc

This programme examines nutrition at all stages of life and associated problems including obesity, disease-related malnutrition and eating disorders. These incidences arise from several causes and have an impact that reaches worldwide. UCL is a global leader in research on nutrition and obesity, child health, epidemiology and the psychology of disordered eating.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Biology and Chemistry required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 - D3, D3, M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry and Biology required.

A,A,A - A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher to A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus Biology and Chemistry GCE A-Levels at grades AAA.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • You will gain a thorough grounding in nutrition science and the way it relates to personal diet, lifestyle and modern patterns of disease.

  • You will develop a holistic approach to obesity and malnutrition in the modern world, combining biomedical and societal approaches.

  • The knowledge and skills gained on this programme will enable you to engage with healthcare professionals and nutritional scientists in whatever sphere you choose to work in after graduating.

  • UCL is a world leader in biomedical research, offering a large variety of expert teaching and a wide range of outstanding research opportunities.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year one covers the foundations of human biology and clinical medicine. Core modules will consider the major body systems in health and disease. Biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and basic anatomy are integrated with an introduction to nutrition and metabolism. This introduces the concepts of nutrition and metabolic processes as they relate to the commonest forms of malnutrition (obesity and disease-related malnutrition).

In year two, you will take six compulsory modules which develop the themes of normal human growth and development. Your optional module could cover genetics, cancer biology or biophysics to broaden your knowledge base.

Year three will form an advanced study of biomedical nutrition emphasising individual therapeutic approaches to obesity, frailty, ageing and sports nutrition. You will consider the setting of developing and developed countries in terms of public health nutrition. Optional modules will allow you to create a tailor-made programme that suits your needs and aspirations. Your research project will enable you to continue to develop core skills as well as new techniques to help you pursue a rewarding and enjoyable career.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease (0.5 credits)
Data Interpretation and Evaluation of Science (0.5 credits)
Foundations in Health and Disease (0.5 credits)
The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism (0.5 credits)
Infection, Inflammation and Repair (0.5 credits)
Kidneys, Hormones and Fluid Balance (0.5 credits)
Nutrition and Metabolism 1 (0.5 credits)
Musculoskeletal Biology (0.5 credits)

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Growth and Development (0.5 credits)
Malnourishment and Obesity (1.0 credits)
Molecular Basis of Disease (0.5 credits)
Nutrition and Metabolism 2 (0.5 credits)
Research Methods (0.5 credits)
Statistical Methods in Research (0.5 credits)

Optional modules

You will choose one of the following:

Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (0.5 credits)
The Nervous System (0.5 credits)
Introduction to Applied Genomics (0.5 credits)
Physics of the Human Body (0.5 credits)

Core or compulsory module(s)

Frailty and Ageing (0.5 credits)
Malnourishment and Obesity 3 (0.5 credits)
Public Health Nutrition in the Developed World (0.5 credits)
Public Health Nutrition in the Developing World (0.5 credits)
Research Project (1.0 credits)
Sports Nutrition (0.5 credits)

Optional modules

You will choose one of the following:

Biomedical Entrepreneur (0.5 credits)
Geography and Anthropology of Nutritional Culture (0.5 credits)
Human Microbiome in Health and Disease (0.5 credits)

Your learning

Students will be expected to read and study before each teaching session as flip teaching will be used. Most teaching sessions in the first year will be small-group tutorials. In the second and third years there will be a blend of tutorials, lectures and practical sessions. A coordinated programme-wide assessment will be used to blend formative and summative assessments. Dissertations will be assessed based on final-year projects.


Various assessment methods will be used, including: examinations (some of which will be single-best-answer format); coursework (including essays of up to 1,500 words); portfolios; and case presentations.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Nutrition and Medical Sciences BSc.


The BSc is a science degree that integrates nutrition science with anatomy, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, immunology and infection, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and pathology. It differs from most nutrition degrees in that the first year provides a strong foundation in human biology and clinical medicine.

Graduates will develop their capacities for independent thought and writing, as well as learn how to manage their study time efficiently whilst working effectively in groups on advanced topics of concern to society at large. We encourage entrepreneurship through modules on supervision, idea protection and marketing.


The first cohort of students admitted to the Nutrition and Medical Sciences BSc is due to graduate in 2020. Therefore, information about career destinations for students on this programme is not yet available.

Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£24,040 (2018/19)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Evidence in your application of sustained interest in science—demonstrating your self-motivation and organisational skills—is important. This programme will suit students who want to make a difference in the world, who are innovative and inventive, prepared to be challenged, and willing to explore areas outside their comfort zones. In what way do you meet these criteria?

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018


We will use your predicted or achieved academic qualifications, as well as your personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer you a place.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.